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Business-to-business energy efficiency networks

Post-conference workshop organised by IPEEC and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Date: Thursday 15 September 2016 (Full day). Free of charge.
Venue: Die Kalkscheune, Berlin (conference venue for Industrial Efficiency 2016)

Note: This event is not organised by eceee.

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09.00 Meeting convenes
1. Introducing B2B Energy Efficiency Networks
1.1 Welcome and introduction

09.15 - 11.00
1.2 Sharing international experiences and different approaches of EENs
This session will see the introduction of EEN models in different countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan and Sweden. Based on these models, a panel discussion will provide a platform to discuss the success factors and broader contextual environment that shape EENs.

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.30
2. How do Energy Efficiency Networks benefit participants and other network actors?

2.1 Benefits of EENs from the perspective of participants
Network participants (large companies and SME) and network operators share their perspective on EENs: why they joined/created EENs and what benefits they have gained through participation and engagement.

12.30 - 13.00
2.2 Additional (co-)benefits, and services of EENs
The broad ranging benefits at the level of individual participants and the wider economy are summarised in a recent evaluation study on EENs and presented here. Further to stimulate the discussion on what additional services EENs could provide beyond their current function.

2.3. EENs as a delivery mechanism for the CEM Energy Management Campaign
This session will also explore the links between EENs as an effective delivery mechanism to support the Energy Management Campaign launched at CEM7 in May 2016.

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

The afternoon will consist of two parallel session (3 and 4) each topic starting with an impulse presentation and guiding questions for participants, a presentation of mini-workshop outcomes (5) and concluding session (6) at the end.

14.00 - 16.00
3.Developing recommendations and international good practices for EENs

3.1 EENs with other policy measures and initiatives

  • Which tools and incentives can governments put into place in order to most effectively stimulate network generation and excellent performance?
  • What type of complementarities exist in policy frameworks, such as exemption from energy and CO2 taxes or surcharges from GHG certificates of participants in EENs?

3.2 Financial sustainability of EENs

  • What can be done to phase out initial government funding and support?
  • What type of business models of and around EENs exist?
  • How could pricing cover the network cost of EENs?

3.3 Acquisition of network participants

  • What measures can be used to facilitate acquisition of participants, particularly for regional networks of SMEs?

4. Scaling EENs up across regions, branches, and large companies

14.00 - 16.00
4.1 Sharing of information., experiences and of best practices

  • How can exchanges between networks be supported most effectively?
  • How can best practices be shared most effectively?
  • What can businesses, trade associations/ Chambers of Commerce, business platforms do to stimulate network activities?

4.2 Discussing the potential of a toolkit for EENs

  • Are partners from government and industry interested in collaborating and getting this instrument operating?
  • Are there existing toolkits for EEN in some countries related to: standardised list of efficiency measures, monitoring schemes for participants and networks; data collection, common metrics, indicators?
  • Is training and certification of efficiency consultants and moderators of EENs necessary?
  • Who should be tasked to develop, update and disseminate appropriate recommendations and suited toolkits?
  • Which aspects should be covered in such a toolkit? (it could include useful hints and tools for the network operator, the consulting engineer or the moderator, for acquisition of participants, energy audits, monitoring, and business models)

4.3 Introducing EENs into emerging economies
EENs have in recent years been introduced to emerging economies as part of bilateral collaboration and development cooperation. How do EENs have to adapt to the context and how does the institutional setting differ?

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee Break

5. Summary of workshop outcomes

6. Concluding remarks

Towards best practices and guidelines of an effective policy to stimulate energy efficiency

Following the Hamburg G7 Initiative for Sustainable Energy Security, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is jointly hosting a full-day workshop on business to business Energy Efficiency Networks (EENs) on the 15th September in Berlin.

The aim is for participants to exchange and work towards best practices and success factors of EENs as an effective policy to stimulate energy efficiency, leading to concrete tools and recommendations for the G7 and beyond. The workshop will provide an effective platform for dialogue between policy makers, network participants, and interested companies and experts.


Registration is free of charge. If you are interested to participate in this workshop, please contact ailin.huang@ipeec.org.